Assistant professor chosen for NAE Frontiers of Engineering symposium

June 30, 2009

Jacob Langelaan, assistant professor of aerospace engineering, has been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) 15th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium.

The participants, engineers ages 30 to 45, were nominated by colleagues or organizations for performing exceptional research and technical work in a variety of disciplines. Only 88 of the nation's most promising engineers were selected out of 240 applicants.

A member of the Penn State faculty since 2006, Langelaan researches planning and control algorithms to enable high performance autonomy, which focusing mainly on robotic flight vehicles. He also works with application of vision to problems in obstacle avoidance and estimation.

He earned his bachelor's degree in engineering physics from Queens University, his master's degree from the University of Washington and his doctorate from Stanford University, both in aeronautics and astronautics.

The symposium will be held Sept. 10 - 12 at the National Academies' Beckman Center at the University of California, Irvine.

Established in 1964, the National Academy of Engineering is an independent, nonprofit institution that serves as an adviser to government and the public on issues in engineering and technology.

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Last Updated June 30, 2009